Yes, the new North Carolina anti-LGBT law is excessive, dumb, an over-reaction and probably unconstitutional. More than that, however, it is an example what can happen when the proponents of opposing views refuse to listen to or respect each other, don’t attempt to minimize bitterness and conflict, and prefer to settle problems by going to war. The law exemplifies the ignorance, fear and reflex defensiveness of human beings when faced with inevitable cultural change, but it could have been avoided if LGBT activists and advocates had not demonized their opponents and used political leverage to push for extreme positions that were neither necessary nor clearly correct.
North Carolina’s conservatives are horrified at the idea of biological males being allowed to use women’s rest rooms when the “males” identify as female, so the state passed a law that appears to allow all forms of discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation. The new law establishes a statewide nondiscrimination ordinance that explicitly supersedes any local nondiscrimination measures. The statewide protections cover race, religion, color, national origin and biological sex, but not sexual orientation or gender identity. Whether it is intended to do so or not, this seems to say that in the eyes of North Carolina, discrimination against LGBT citizens is fine and reasonable.
Well, it isn’t, and thus the law itself is unethical—incompetent, irresponsible, unfair, unjust, uncaring, and disrespectful.
Good job, State legislature, Gov. Pat McCrory, and North Carolina. You’re all an embarrassment to the nation.
Still, this whole mess occurred because activists couldn’t come up with a reasonable accommodation that would still the concerns of those old fashioned citizens who think ladies rooms shouldn’t be frequented by people who can pee standing up, while still meeting the minimal requirements of the Caitlyn Jenners of the world. Best estimates are that the percentage of trans individuals in the general population is .03%, or three in 10,000. Because of a dispute over the best way to handle the anomalous sexual identity of three 10,000ths of the population…indeed less, since the lonely trans individuals who provoke fears of sexual predators stalking rest rooms are the male-to female variety—the rights of all LGBT Americans have been placed at risk.
Good job, LGTB activists!
This was never a hard issue, because if you have no options, you have no problem. FACT: there are transgendered people. FACT: they have to go to the bathroom. FACT: They can go where they feel comfortable, or where everyone else feels comfortable having them there. FACT: Whether they make others feel comfortable depends on how they look, and whether they appear to possess external organs that are usually unwelcome in such places.
A little empathy on both sides would have been very beneficial here, but nooooo. LGBT activists insist that all someone should need to do in order to have a right to use a ladies room is to “identify” as female, and anyone made uncomfortable by that is a vile bigot. Ladies Room For Biological Ladies advocates insist that such a rule opens the bathroom doors for rapists and perverts. Both positions are extreme and unreasonable, and absolutely not worth turning a perfectly functional bathroom use tradition inside-out because it doesn’t work well for .03% of bathroom users.
Here are the rational options:
A. You can have a Penis/No Penis division, and no exceptions allowed.
B. You can have all gender neutral bathrooms, so everyone is uncomfortable.
C. You can have a special bathroom reserved for trans individuals, which is logically and financially bats, or perhaps a single toilet, all-gender rest room in addition to the groups room.
D. We can trust each other to exercise discretion, common sense, mutual respect and periodic self-sacrifice and inconvenience for the greater good, and allow that .03% to do what they feel they have to without undue interference.
I vote D.
North Carolina took none of the above, and wants to go to war over 1) the theoretical chance that someone will exploit flexible bathroom rules for impure motives, and 2) the fact that a lot of people just find transgender people, not to mention gays and lesbians, icky, and are is willing to spark open season on civil rights as a consequence.
It’s a mass breakdown of ethics on all sides, and I’m frankly disgusted with everyone involved.